Cute and affordable Christmas decor…at Dollar General

Christmas Decor

I know I said I’d never post a Christmas post before Thanksgiving. And I tried not to, I really did. But everywhere I go, I see so many pretty Christmas things and I just can’t help it. So for that reason, I am going to share some of my recent finds in our local Dollar General. Everything is simple, cute, and very affordable.

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Y’all know I am a sucker for the little red truck trend. I love the little red truck with Christmas trees in the back for Christmas and filled with pumpkins for the fall. I managed to find this cute melanine tray for $2 and also this cute little plate. I did end up buying the tray.

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I may still buy the plate.

I also found an entire aisle of super cute ornaments for just a dollar each. I’m definitely going to buy some of those buffalo checked stocking ornaments. The little initial ornaments would be cute for decorating packages.

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There are also a number of cute tree skirts for $5-$10.

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I am also strongly considering buying this Christmas tree topper. A rustic tree would be so cute with this on it and some burlap ribbon.

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I would really like to have this pretty table runner, and for $6 I think I will.

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Our kitchen really needs these dish towels, too.

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These make such cute hostess gifts for holiday parties and they are super cute for your own use, too.

 

What super cute Christmas finds have you stumbled upon?

Building a faux fireplace mantle, part 3

When we last left you, our beautiful antique mantle with its faux firebox looked like this:

Nothing was painted, no stone was laid. Things were kinda bare. And unfinished.

Our first item on the agenda was to paint it.

First, we caulked any cracks or areas we felt needed filling in. We painted the mantle and the adjoining boards behind it with white paint in satin finish.

Next, we installed Airstone to the surround and the bottom of the hearth.

This stuff is amazingly easy and fun to work with. Simply spread the adhesive on the back of the stones like you’re frosting a cake and press into place. You can also cut the stone with a hacksaw or circular saw.

We then laid faux slate vinyl tiles across the top of the hearth. We may upgrade it later to real slate but I am loving how this looks, and how little it cost.

We then painted the faux brick paneling with some matte black chalk paint. I just like the finish.

We still have a few areas to fill in and some trim to add, but all in all, I am loving it!

Stay tuned! The rest of our living room is about to change in a big way, and I can’t wait to show it to you!!

Have a great Monday!

Building a faux fireplace mantle

Building an antique fireplace mantle

Last month, I told you all about how my husband and I purchased and antique fireplace mantle.

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We have a long, blank and boring wall in our living room, that unfortunately is our focal wall when you walk in the door. I’ve always wanted a pretty fireplace on that wall but knew we couldn’t afford a real one. A faux one was the next best thing šŸ™‚

Using a plan from Bless’r House as a model, we decided how large the mantle and hearth would need to be and we purchased the wood.

Here is a list of what we used to build the fireplace:

  • Antique mantle (found through local antiques dealers)
  • 2 plywood sheets
  • Faux brick panel
  • 11 2Ɨ4 boards
  • 2 1X12 boards
  • 1 2×12 board
  • Finishing nails
  • Deck screws
  • Drywall screws
  • Tape measure and yard stick
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Power drill

We began by deciding how large we wanted the hearth to be and we cut two 2X4sat 64 inches long. We chose 64 inches because this made the hearth a tiny bit wider than the mantle itself. The cross pieces and sides are 24 inches.

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We then cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the hearth, but we did not hammer it down yet.

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We then carried the hearth into the house, placed it where we wanted it, and attached it to the baseboards. We then attached the plywood to the top of the hearth.

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We then attached plywood strips and two by fours to the back of the mantle.

fireplace surround braces

After attaching the two by fours to the side, and the plywood strips, we cut out a surround from one of the plywood sheets. I attached it using small wood screws.

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I then attached 2X4s to the wall at the correct height to the wall. Be sure to hang these on studs, but if you can’t, make sure you use drywall anchors that can accommodate heavy weights.

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I then attached the 1X12s for the side braces to the 2x4s.

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I then put the mantle up beside these braces, and attached the two by fours on the back of the mantle to the braces. I used decking screws to do this.

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I then realized we had about an eight inch gap between the mantle and the wall.

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Attaching a 2X6 to this space covered the gap and laid flush with the back of the mantle.

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We then cut and added faux brick paneling to the wall behind the mantle and on the sides so that the inside of the mantle couldn’t be seen.

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We have nearly finished the mantle. We now only have to paint, add the stone, and fill in some nail holes. Our living room looks so much better already! Can’t wait to share the finished product with you all!

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Happy Veteran’s Day from us at Lumber in my Minivan! Freedom isn’t free, and we are grateful to those who serve our country.

We will resume regular schedule on Wednesday.

Saturday Smiles

We have been kind of AWOL this week, and for good reason. We will be taking Monday off but things should be returning to normal on Wednesday. Hopefully, I’ll have a finished fireplace to show you.

This little lady won herself a trophy and a crown at her dance competition last weekend, and will be headed to Nationals for a pageant in June.

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This tiny girl had a birthday this week- she turned four and had a blast celebrating.

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I took this creeper shot of my hubby and added a sweet caption on social media. He’s used to my silliness by now šŸ™‚

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And we have been working hard to finish the antique fireplace we are refinishing, and to finish our living room and back porch projects.

I also found this hilarious sign and nearly bought it for my classroom.

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We are so close to being finished but trying to get a little more done. I can’t wait to show you everything when we are done.

Until then, have a safe and observant Veteran’s Day. Dont forget to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice. We will see you Wednesday with a fireplace update šŸ™‚